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Science and Society: Working Together to Avoid the Antibiotic Resistance Apocalypse

Before the discovery of antibiotics, even a simple thorn prick could lead to life threatening infection. Antibiotics are truly miracle drugs, making most bacterial infections relatively easy to cure. However, this landscape is rapidly changing with the advent of microbes that are resistant to antibiotics.

This course provides an overview of how antibiotic use leads to antibiotic resistance, including in depth discussions of antibiotic resistant microorganisms and the impact of globalization on this exploding problem. Societal and ethical implications associated with antibiotic use and restriction in humans and animals will be discussed, along with global issues of antibiotic regulation and population surveillance. The class concludes with discussions of alternative therapeutic approaches that are essential to avoid “antibiotic apocalypse.” The course includes lectures by world-renowned experts in various topics, and students leverage this knowledge with their own presentations on important topics related to issues of personal freedom versus societal needs.


Student Stories

Bringing UTI Conversations to Boynton: An Antibiotic Stewardship

UTI Education Group
[December 2018] Reem Elbasher, Rachel Grushan, Chetana Guthikonda, and Victoria Skolnick are working to prevent antibiotic resistance by increasing awareness about UTIs and how to treat them. Their first stop: Boynton Health.

Course Details

Meeting Time: Spring 2021, Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays from 11:45 a.m. – 12:35 p.m. 

Location: St. Paul Campus

Liberal Education Theme: Technology and Society

Topics: Antibiotic resistance, globalization, societal and ethical implications, alternative therapeutic approaches

Credits: 3

Prerequisites: Must be a sophomore, junior, senior or graduate student

Professors: Dawn Foster Hartnett, Patricia Goodman-Mamula, James Johnson, and Tim Johnson